Quitter’s day has been and gone, and if you were one of the 16 per cent of Britons to set a New Year’s resolution for 2022, the familiar inertia of daily life will likely have already returned, with no positive changes in place. Don’t feel bad about it, though. You can cut yourself a break, because you are more likely to have success implementing changes at any other time of the year than January.
Now might be the time to revisit those goals you dreamed of achieving this year. But we’d only encourage so if those ambitions are rooted in compassion, kindness and healing – self-love before self-improvement. Those in need of guidance might look to self-care books. Such titles offer advice, bring clarity and provide practical tips that can help get you to where you need to be.
Time spent reading them should be inspirational and motivating, not frustrating or self-pity inducing, as can be the case with some self-help books. They should support you in setting and working towards achievable, realistic goals, and there could be an element of reward, which could even be feeling good about yourself for taking the time to read.
Whatever you feel you need to do this year to live your best life, we’ve got you covered with these self-care books that will guide you through the process.
How we tested
We think we’ve got almost everything covered, including developing self-love, exploring spirituality, healing trauma, combatting stress and even having more fun. Every book we’ve included has been read and reviewed by our testers for their key messages, reading pleasure, practical tools and effectiveness at helping to nurture self-care. Get ready to be uplifted, start feeling good and discover an unconditional love for yourself.
The best self-care books for 2022 are:
- Best overall – The Power of Fun by Catherine Price, published by Bantam Press: £11.35, Amazon.co.uk
- Best for navigating menopause – Second Spring by Kate Codrington, published by HQ: £14.99, Harpercollins.co.uk
- Best for harnessing gratitude – The Gift of Gratitude by Louise Hay, published by Hay House: £11.99, Hayhouse.co.uk
- Best for healing – Recovery by Gavin Francis, published by Wellcome Collection: £4.49, Amazon.co.uk
- Best for spiritual exploration – Bigger Than Us by Fearne Cotton, published by Ebury Press: £9.50, Amazon.co.uk
- Best for managing stress – Stressilient by Dr Sam Akbar, published by 4th Estate: £7.99, Waterstones.com
- Best for self-love – How to Be You by Jeffrey Marsh, published by Souvenir Press: £9.99, Amazon.co.uk
- Best for recovery from trauma – Happy Days by Gabrielle Bernstein, published by Hay House: £15.19, Amazon.co.uk
- Best self-care journal – Get Untamed: The Journal by Glennon Doyle, published by Vermilion: £9.99, Amazon.co.uk
- Best for overcoming sleep problems – Wake Up to Sleep by Charlie Morley, published by Hay House: £7.69, Hayhouse.co.uk